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Effects of long-term care benefits on healthcare utilization in Catalonia

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dc.contributor.author Serrano-Alarcón, Manuel
dc.contributor.author Hernández Pizarro, Helena Maria
dc.contributor.author López i Casasnovas, Guillem
dc.contributor.author Nicodemo, Catia
dc.date.accessioned 2022-10-20T11:22:23Z
dc.date.available 2022-10-20T11:22:23Z
dc.date.issued 2022-05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/54512
dc.description.abstract This paper estimates effects of long-term care (LTC) benefits on utilization of primary and secondary healthcare in Catalonia (Spain). Identification comes from plausibly exogenous variation in the leniency of LTC needs assessment. We estimate that receiving LTC benefits worth 365 euros per month, on average, reduces the probability of avoidable hospital admissions by 66%, and has no significant effect on planned hospitalisations nor on hospitalisation for any reason. Receiving LTC benefits is estimated to reduce unscheduled primary care visits by 44% and has no significant effect on scheduled visits. These findings have important policy implications suggesting that allocating resources to LTC may not only increase the welfare of LTC beneficiaries but also reduce avoidable and unscheduled utilisation of healthcare.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartofseries Health Policy Papers (CRES);9 (2022)
dc.rights This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium provided that the original work is properlyattributed.
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.title Effects of long-term care benefits on healthcare utilization in Catalonia
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/workingPaper
dc.subject.keyword Long-term care
dc.subject.keyword Healthcare use
dc.subject.keyword Avoidable hospital admissions
dc.subject.keyword Non-scheduled healthcare
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess

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